Now that Thanksgiving has passed, my mind travels towards holiday themed activities. Christmas is my favorite time of year (and luckily I LOVE snow and live in a place where we get a decent amount!) so I was ready to jump into some fun learning activities.
For this Quickfire, I worked with high school seniors to make paper circuit Christmas cards which we would give to our local senior center. The students could decorate their card however they wanted, but they were to include at least 1 LED light that when pressure was applied to one point of the card, the light would light up. I had a DonorsChoose project funded in which I received lithium batteries, copper conductive tape, LED lights, and cardstock paper. The only other resources I needed were tape and coloring resources!
If you haven't heard or seen paper circuits before - they are so awesome! Below is a short video (or you can view it here) for how to make a paper circuit card.
It was amazing how quiet the room was as the students were working. Students who made cards in the morning came back at lunch to show their friends their cards. Students who weren't even in the classes I was working with today wanted to come and make a card because they heard what we were making. I think everyone had a blast working on these and the senior center was blown away by the cards and were so excited to decorate with them where people could interact with the cards. What a fun way to use learning about circuitry to give back to the community!
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